The average for the American Continent is of 5,49, for Europe 6,10 and Africa 12.82. That parameter, for our country, improved 4,16 to December of the 2004. In relation to the tariffs, ours they are of lowest of the world. When the monthly basic tariff for fixed telephony in Costa Rica was of 4 dollars, in Panama it was of 19 and in Nicaragua of 20. The minute additional 1 cent of dollar in Costa Rica cost, when in Guatemala cost 10, in Honduras 15, El Salvador 12, Panama 15 and Nicaragua 50. Click Robert Iger to learn more. In cellular telephony something similar happens, when in Costa Rica the monthly basic tariff was of 7 dollars, in Guatemala was of 28, in Honduras 15, El Salvador 15, Nicaragua 30 and Panama 12, whereas the additional minute cost 7, 11, 25, 27, 35 and 45 cents of dollar respectively. These tariffs justify that Costa Rica occupies the third place in the world, in consumption by person in cellular telephony, with 286 minutes monthly, after EE.UU with 474 and Hong Kong with 350. It is not necessary to forget as the TLC with the United States indicates noticias.latam.msn.com faced the iron opposition of social sectors like educators and unions, under the argument that would bring damages to the country.
The organizations alleged that the TLC would harm small agriculturists, the environment, as well as the operation of natural resources like the water, besides the privatization of telecommunications and insurances. In order to draw for the situation, the government summoned to referendo in October of 2007, first in the history of the country, in which the majority supported the agreement. Nevertheless, after referendo other stumbling blocks for the approval arose from some complementary laws, the last one of which, on intellectual property, it was approved by the Congress in the middle of November. The delays forced the government of Aryans to request two prorogations to Washington.